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Have AFC Bournemouth fans seen Marcondes for the final time?

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Emiliano Marcondes has joined Scottish Premiership side Hibernian on loan for the rest of the 2023/24 campaign, a season which sees his current contract at Dean Court expire in the summer.

Marcondes was an unused substitute for the recent defeat to Liverpool at Dean Court, will this prove to be the final time the Dean Court faithful see the 28-year-old?

Marcondes made the move to Dean Court in July 2021 on a free transfer from Brentford. He was AFC Bournemouth’s first signing under then AFC Bournemouth head coach Scott Parker signing a three-year contract.

AFC Bournemouth owner Bill Foley is currently in talks with the Scottish side over an investment deal in the club, the move is just awaiting ratification from officials in Scotland. But this move potentially hints towards those talks being positive, if yet, official.

Hibernian FC Head Coach Nick Montgomery told…

“We’re delighted to get this signing over the line. Emiliano is a top player and one that adds extra quality to our squad.

“A player of his ability always has a lot of interest, but through numerous conversations and him watching how we play, he has really bought into Hibs and the part he can play here in the second half of the season.

“As a player, he’s very intelligent and is a specialist from dead ball situations. We look forward to working with him for the remainder of the season.”

Marcondes began his career with hometown club Hvidovre and then made the move to join Danish Superliga club FC Nordsjælland’s academy in 2010.

Three years later he made the first of 112 league appearances for the club before making the move to Brentford in January 2018 after signing a pre-contract agreement during the summer of 2017.

He made 29 appearances for Brentford over the following 20 months before making a loan switch to Danish Superliga club FC Midtjylland in September 2019. Marcondes made 12 appearances during this temporary switch which ended with FC Midtjylland winning the Danish Superliga title. He returned to Brentford to complete the 2019/20 season making a further 21 appearances as Brentford made it into the Championship play-offs.

Marcondes featured in both semi-final legs against Swansea City, scoring in the second-leg as Brentford made it to the play-off final to face Scott Parker’s Fulham. Marcondes came off the bench in the 60th minute, but couldn’t help his side to promotion.

12 months later and that would change. Following a truncated season due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Brentford once again made it into the Championship play-offs. Marcondes had made 31 Championship appearances including around a dozen starts.

He was a substitute for the first leg play-off semi-final against AFC Bournemouth, before starting both the second-leg of that fixture and the Championship Play-Off Final, where he would score the second goal of the game and be named as man of the match, as Brentford brushed aside Swansea City to win promotion to the Premier League.

Despite much promise, Marcondes struggled for starts and appearances in the Championship under Parker, making just eight Championship starts from his 18 league appearances for the club (scoring twice).

He did however prove successful in cup outings, scoring five goals in six appearances in the FA Cup and Football League Cup, including a hat-trick in the FA Cup against Yeovil Town.

Marcondes would eventually go out on loan to FC Nordsjælland, the then leaders of the Danish Superliga, having played just 8 minutes of Premier League football for the Cherries. He did however had two additional goals to his tally, both in the Football League Cup against Norwich and Everton.

Overall Marcondes made 24 appearances in all competitions for the Cherries, scoring 7 goals.

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Bitzer said…

They’ll love Marcondes and I think he’ll really enjoy it up there. Good luck to both parties. – To join the conversation, click here.

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